Fibrant Living: Being an active part of your own health care team, part I

I start­ed a new series at Fibrant Liv­ing today about being an active part of your own health care team. It’s impor­tant for any­one but vital for those of us with com­plex or chron­ic con­di­tions. I got to go to the library again today, thanks to Steven! We also had a great lunch at John­ny’s […]

Favorite Coffee Shop

Plinky asked, “What’s your favorite place to grab a cup of cof­fee?” I’m pret­ty hap­py hav­ing cof­fee at home, but if I’m out and about, I’ll swing by Star­bucks with the rest of the mob. It’s nice and pre­dictable, and I’ m admit­ted­ly not a cof­fee snob. I just want my rasp­ber­ry-vanil­la mocha with the […]

Mmmm, Chocolate!

Plinky asks: Milk, dark, or white choco­late? My favorite is dark choco­late! The high­est cocoa con­tent around, please! I do try to go with the green, fair trade brands as much as pos­si­ble. Milk choco­late is for chil­dren whose palates haven’t been edu­cat­ed yet, and white choco­late (while yum­my on straw­ber­ries) isn’t even real chocolate. […]

Happy Birthday, Daddy & Matt!

I spent most of today with my fam­i­ly at my par­ents’ house. It was a won­der­ful vis­it! I got to meet my youngest nephew, Eli, for the first time. I was ill every time my broth­er and his brood came to town after his birth last fall (turned out I had pneumonia—I real­ly should learn to […]

I’m Feeling Better!

(I think I’ve already used “Not Dead Yet” as a title, and I real­ly don’t like to be too repet­i­tive.) I haven’t been post­ing much, and it isn’t real­ly because I haven’t had any­thing at all to say. In fact, I’ve repeat­ed­ly start­ed to write posts. In fact, I’ve fin­ished writ­ing some posts—but each time, […]

Mortality and Spring

I’ve had an odd mix of thoughts today. Mom called last night (Fri­day), and I learned that Dad­dy has had sev­er­al bad falls recent­ly. He was out of town for a busi­ness trip most of this week and end­ed up spend­ing a night in the hos­pi­tal while there, after a fall in the show­er. The […]

Sweet Saturday

Sam took Katie up to Repub­li­can land to pick up her new glass­es lens­es today—she went to the eye doc­tor while she was with my par­ents because they were out dri­ving and real­ized that she was squint­ing to read the road signs. Her eyes had­n’t changed much at her last few year­ly check-ups, but they […]

TotD: Eating and Drinking

This pas­sage remind­ed me of Sam: Peo­ple ask me: Why do you write about food, and eat­ing and drink­ing? Why don’t you write about the strug­gle for pow­er and secu­ri­ty, and about love, the way oth­ers do? They ask it accus­ing­ly, as if I were some­how gross, unfaith­ful to the hon­or of my craft. The eas­i­est answer is […]

Monday and R.I.P. George Carlin

I guess every­body has heard, by now, that we lost George Car­lin last night. I’ve seen many arti­cles about him today, but I think Susie Bright did the best job of catch­ing his spir­it. Today was a very Mon­­day-ish Mon­day. I’m grumpy and noth­ing feels right. The girl is off spend­ing time with my family, […]

Neptune On My Mind

Well, sor­ta. Katie and I indulged in a Veron­i­ca Mars marathon tonight, watch­ing most of two DVDs of episodes. It was a good thing to keep me occu­pied while doing a very, very bor­ing tech­ni­cal chore. She was doing some mend­ing, so it served the same kind of pur­pose for her. Sam’s been try­ing to […]

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